The solar array — expected to be online by mid-2022 — will be located north of the Tyson factory and near the old Milwaukee Road roundhouse on a remediated brownfield where the city has tried for several years to put a renewable energy project. A 2015 proposal for a 5 megawatt set of solar collectors at the same site did not come to fruition.
“The new Alliant Energy program allows us to move forward to build a solar facility, which will help us redevelop a property that is challenging to reuse,” he said. “In addition, the Raccoon River Valley Trail
is adjacent to this installation, and that will provide a highly visible opportunity to promote and educate the public regarding solar energy. It’s an ideal site for the project.”